Basic steps BA timing Additional notes
As with any meaningful learning process, a BA requires careful planning and sufficient time (normally 6-8 months from initial planning to final report). This does not have to be overwhelming, however. It is mostly a matter of following a set of seven basic steps, summarized below. Templates for various tasks within the steps can be found on the BA tools and templates page.
Training & validation of method and tools
Validation of Results
Reporting & Distribution
BA Follow up
As a BA is intended to both provide insight into project impact and feed into future planning, the two most important timing issues are that a project (or potentially a program):
As with most research exercises, it is sometimes necessary or useful to adapt the methodological approach to suit local circumstances. In addition, and depending on levels of experience and complexity of task, it is highly recommended to consider the following possible BA elements:
How to organise a BA, see the BA How-to Note (PDF)
Description of how a BA was conceived and implemented in Southern Africa, from the point of view of an SDC Regional Programme Manager (PDF).